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Toyota Camry Hybrid, Tires, Wheels, Hybrid Cars, Sedan
#17 of 56 Remove spare = more trunk space?
Dec 20, 2006 (1:30 pm)
I've got a trip coming up and I'd like some extra trunk space. Has anyone ever increased trunk space by removing the spare and adding a can of fix-a-flat and a AAA card? This is something Miata owners frequently do and I was wondering if there's a downside of doing it with the TCH. I think I've heard the Prius doesn't even have a spare.
#18 of 56 Re: Remove spare = more trunk space? [heynay]
Dec 20, 2006 (2:09 pm)
Actually, its the HAH that is sans spare.
That fix-a-flat and the AAA card would work fine if it's no problem for you to wait a couple of hours to get towed and then worry about finding a tire store open at zero dark thirty in the middle of Timbukthree in the event you have a blowout or a ruined tire for whatever reason.
Personally, I'd rather pack less crapola and keep my spare tire.....
Jul 20, 2007 (4:28 pm)
Anyone out there move up to 17" tires, if so how did they affect ride and FE
#20 of 56 Preventing Tire problems
Aug 08, 2007 (6:22 am)
I noticed a new thread on the "other" forum about tires cupping and making noise. It was mentioned that mis-alignment is not an warranty issue for the tires. That may be so for the specific case where the guy has 19000 miles on his tires and has never rotated them. I had bad experiences with tires and alignment on my 2003 350Z that caused me to HATE that car. Almost had the same issue on the TCH. Here's what I have noticed and observed.
1) My tires have always been rotated at 5000 miles.
2) My tires were beginning to cup due to misalignment but the "idiots" that rotated my tires did not mention this
3) When I noticed it I was still under 10,000 miles and brought it to the dealers attention. By showing him the cupping on the rear tires (occurred when they were on the front with less than 5000 miles) I was able to demonstrate that it was misaligned from the factory and realignment was then performend under the warranty.
4) By doing it early I was able to live with the mild cupping for the life of the tires.
5) Without rotation, cupping will only get worse and possibly unbearable. However your rear tires may last through another set of front tires. (I prefer even tread on all 4 and replace them as a set)
6) Cupping, when extreem (like my Z Car) can cause very loud noises and eventually is quiet noticable even in the feel.
7)The Bridgestones suck. With one alignment and rotation at 5000 miles mine were absolutely worn (evenly) at 23,000 miles. However I was in a tires for life program (that's why I did the rotations and annual alignement)and the dealer put the same tires back on. I can't complain since they are free, but it would save them money to have put something else on as I'll be back next year wanting another set.
All of you with a TCH, at least the ones from Japan need to inspect your tires early and frequently for misaignment problems. It's easily fixed and you don't want to have to live with noisy tires until they wear out. Actually that's my advise for any of you with any car. Don't count on the mechanic to tell you these things. Running your hand lightly over the tread can easily detect any feathering or cupping that is starting. Catch it early and it's not a problem.
#21 of 56 Tire Problems on Toyota Hybred Camry
Sep 26, 2007 (5:44 pm)
Our above car has 20K miles on it. the rear tires are wearing out very quickly!!! Our mechanic is wondering if the car is just too heavy in the arse since it is a hybred. Any others out there with similar problems?
#22 of 56 Re: Tire Problems on Toyota Hybred Camry [kdennis]
Oct 02, 2007 (8:27 am)
This is still a FWD car and I don't think the batteries would add that much weight to cause this problem. Are you rotating at 5000 mile intervals? If you have the bridgestones then significant weat at 20,000 for rotated tires is about where mine were going bare
#23 of 56 Re: Tire Problems on Toyota Hybred Camry [kdennis]
Oct 31, 2007 (5:06 am)
I have ~30k on my TCH and my tires are almost bald. I was told by the dealer service technician that because of the battery weight, the tires on TCH wear out faster.disappointing.
#24 of 56 Re: Tire Problems on Toyota Hybred Camry [ravig]
Nov 08, 2007 (4:21 pm)
Sorry, but I can't buy that explaination. They just don't weight that much.
#25 of 56 Tire Recommendations for TCH?
Dec 01, 2007 (2:14 pm)
Sorry, if this has been posted somewhere already but my quick search didn't get a hit. So, I'll appreciate if you could recommend any good tires to use .... I am definitely NOT going to buy a Bridgestone...it was a bad choice by Toyota....I'm disappointed like others on the list. At close to $175 a piece, they should take you well past 35K miles..I think...I must admit it's a layman's guess...actually probably more of a wish
I'm suffering from TCH early-tire-baldness syndrome too. Followed tire-rotation at 5K advice....although I missed the alignment "warranty" limit (at under 10K) and had to pay for it at ~20K miles....it was OFF...Toyota mechanic said not by a whole lot but I'm not sure...these were the readings on the report:
Total Toe: 0.03 degrees
Total Toe: 0.58 degrees
Anyway....what tires should I use for this car? .... I was thinking Dunlop or Michelin although on my little Acura I have used Yokohama with no complaints for the last two tire changes (~5 years)...I think that is a good tire for around a $100.00.
Thanks for any recommendations.
#26 of 56 Re: Tire Recommendations for TCH? [mirspot]
Dec 03, 2007 (3:57 pm)
I have been riding on Michelin's that came with the car... they have worked out great. What I would do is go to tirerack.com and read the customer reviews based on the area you live. It's a really good site with great prices.
My UPS guy said that he even delivers tires from them to auto stores. Beware, if you do order from them expect the tires within 48 hours... their service will blow your mind. Good luck.